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Delivering Peace of Mind: Volunteer for Free Wills Clinic - Estate Planning and Administration News

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Posted on: Sep 30, 2016

For years, IndyBar attorneys have helped community members living in poverty to safeguard their futures through the Free Wills Clinic, formerly known as the Low Asset Wills Program. Studies routinely show that lower income individuals are less likely to have a will or advance directives. The Free Wills Clinic plays an important role in making end of life decisions for this population clear, especially when it comes to the care of children.

2016 marks the second year that this program has taken on a workshop format in an effort to assist even more members of the community. Workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24 at the John H. Boner Center and the Martin Luther King Community Center. Volunteers should be available starting at 10:45 a.m.

The “one stop shop” format means that volunteer attorneys will work with individuals on-site to have their wills and advance directives drafted, signed and witnessed. Volunteers will also be on hand to pre-screen applicants for financial eligibility. Members of the community served by the program will walk away with fully executed documents—and more importantly, peace of mind.

Interested in making a difference? Estate planning attorneys are needed as volunteers, but non-probate savvy attorneys will also be put to good use. Volunteers who can bring a laptop are encouraged to do so, but it is not required. Attorneys who cannot volunteer on Oct. 24 may be needed for overflow representation following the workshops. Contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org to volunteer.

Did you know? Indianapolis Bar Association pro bono programs are funded through the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Each dollar donated to the IBF gives a helping hand to another member of our community through programs like Free Wills Clinics, Legal Line, the Homeless Shelter Project and much more!

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